Initial approval granted to renewable energy bill

December 21, 2015 03:02

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill on Sunday designed to regulate the renewable energy sector in Israel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating new jobs in the industry.

The bill, proposed by MK Eitan Broshi (Zionist Union), calls for setting national targets for producing electricity from renewable energy sources, as well as establishing a timetable for the implementation of said targets. In doing so, the bill aims to curb air pollution levels, reduce dependency on nonrenewable energy sources and encourage private electricity production in the renewable energy sector, according to Broshi.

“The bill’s approval is critical because renewable energy development is the most feasible path toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Broshi said on Sunday.

The bill, he explained, has “an enormous economic importance” to generating new jobs in the periphery.

“I have no doubt that the bill will result in the enforcement, advancement and control of electricity production from renewable energy sources in Israel,” Broshi added.

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